™ Born on September 1st, 1969. My blood type is A. I was born in Naha City but raised in Koza (now Okinawa City).

My father is American but due to circumstances, I donft even know his name. My mother is an Uchinaanchu (Okinawan).

My mother was unable to care for me so I was raised by my motherfs older brother and his wife.

I found out that my parents were really my Uncle and Aunt in the fifth grade. I was shocked.

I went to Yamauchi Elementary School, Yamauchi Junior High School and Chubu Kougyou High School. My education was all Japanese.

When I was 22 years old, I went to England for two months and to the United States for one year and several months. All together a year and half was spent abroad. Until then, I did not know any English.

I donft know anything about my American Father, therefore I only have a Japanese Citizenship. When I get in line at the Japanese section in Narita airport, someone will always say, gExcuse me!h I donft want them to assume that I am a foreigner just by looking at my face. There are many people who posses Japanese Citizenship and look different.

I returned to Uchinaa (Okinawa) and touched the Sanshin for the first time. From then on, I started to seriously study the Uchinaaguchi (Okinawan Language).
Learned Uchinaaguchi (Okinawan Language) from Kouchu Makishi who is a famous Okinawan
Theater actor.

Regarding the name Byron, I actually got it from James Deanfs middle name. My parents named me Toshimitsu as a Japanese but I wanted an English name in Junior High School. I told my friends that my name is Byron and made them call me by my new name. When I turned 24 years old, I had it legally changed to Byron.

In Japanese, Higa is pronounced He-ga but in Uchinaaguchi itfs pronounced gFija or Hija.h Since I am Uchinaanchu (Okinawan), teach Uchinaaguchi and itfs also the way my ancestors have been called, I have decided to used the true Uchinaa version of gFija.h

In Japanese society, when a foreigner marries a Japanese, the child is called many things. I have decided to call myself an American-Uchinaanchu (American Okinawan). I am not a half nor a tofu!

Byron and his five faces
Byron and his five faces

Uchinaaguchi Teacher
I currently teach Uchinaaguchi at the Well Culture School in Naha. If you have any inquiries or would like to try it out, please call 098-832-5588.
I also teach and give lectures to Schools and Institutions. I have taught at (University in Germany, University of Hawaii, Ryukyu University, etc).

Lecture with Sanshin Performances
I perform at many of the municipal events, businesses, schools, hospitals, senior citizen related functions and many more! Please contact me and I will be there to perform for you!

Screenplay and Writing
I was in charge of writing a column for the gUchinaaguchi Pirin Paranh for two and half years until 2007 for the Okinawa Times Warabii.
From April to December of 2008, I was in charge of writing for the gBryon nu Aha Uchinaaguchih column. You can listen to all 34 translated version of the articles I have written. Please go to http://ryukyushimpo.jp/news/storyid-139317-storytopic-129.html
I have also written for a section in the Okinawa Joho monthly magazine called gUchinaaguchi Arin Kurin.h
I currently write the script for the NHK Televisionfs gUchinaa De Asoboh which airs monthly.
I produced a three hours Uchinaaguchi and Uchinaan Music program for ROK radio which aired for five and half years every Sunday.

TV Uchinaaguchi Lesson- On Air Now!

Can be seen on Ryukyu Asahi Broadcasting(QAB) under the title gByron nu Uchinaaguchi Pirin Paran.h

Emcee
I can Emcee for weddings, parties and other events. Please click here for inquiries